Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer  



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our Guiding Principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthen our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at RWJF, you will make a difference.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the chief operating officer, the vice president and chief information technology officer (CITO) will be responsible for the strategic development and advancement of the use of technology and cyber security in the Foundation. The CITO will provide leadership to the technology team and will work closely with operations leadership, program leaders, and staff in implementing a mission-focused, enterprise-level technology strategy.

Candidate Profile

  • Create a strategy, vision, and roadmap that aligns with the forward-looking operational vision for the Foundation.
  • Serve as internal consultant and advisor on technology and cyber security strategy to the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Cultivate strong and effective relationships with stakeholders through proactive communication and being an active partner for improving business systems and services.
  • Develop an architecture to define a standardized set of technologies for applications, processes, and devices, including an infrastructure migration to the cloud.
  • Create a highly effective and user-friendly digital workplace with a standard set of platforms, tools, and devices for collaboration and employee productivity.
  • Maximize the use technology to create opportunities for more seamless participation for people with disabilities.
  • Lead and develop a high-performing IT organization that aligns with other Foundation departments.
  • Ensure all positions, new or existing, within the IT organization structure foster growth with an emphasis on professional development.
  • Instill and evolve a culture of business partnership across IT and all departments in the Foundation.
  • Bring a modern delivery mindset to the role, including agile development and product management.
  • Bring an analytical mindset to the role, to define and execute on a data strategy.
  • Lead, define, and develop enterprise data analytics capabilities.
  • Define a change management process both for IT related system changes, as well as business processes.
  • Create a culture of inclusion and communication so that the needs of all staff at all level impact the IT strategy, roadmap, and tool selection.
  • Develop a technology strategy for an evolving workplace that supports staff on-site and in any remote working environment.
  • Working with the COO and general counsel, develop a robust information security strategy and program.
  • Ensure all security standards are annually reviewed, audited, and vetted with organizational leaders.
  • Ensure compliance with data privacy standards for organization-wide data, proprietary information, and related intellectual property through information security and access management.
  • Prepare and manage annual goals and objectives that ensure IT’s ability to deliver on its objectives.
  • Oversee IT finances including ongoing purchases to ensure spending trends are within the annual budget forecast.
  • Optimize costs and look for opportunities for continuous improvement of operations.
  • Keep current and knowledgeable about emerging technologies trends that would benefit the Foundation.
  • Create and maintain a good working relationship with other peer organizations within and outside of philanthropic sector.
  • Oversee systems development and implementation across the organization, ensuring platforms and systems are meeting all user’s needs.
  • Ensure that the organization has strong systems analysis and project management skills, so commitments are properly planned, staffed, monitored, and executed.
  • Develop strong relationships with IT service providers with an eye to service levels and cost management.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10+ years of experience of successfully developing, mentoring, and leading IT and relevant experience establishing robust cyber security practices, developing and executing highly effective IT strategies, building, and running a digital workplace that fosters collaboration and productivity, and creating a culture of inclusion and business partnership. In addition, the CITO will demonstrate:

  • Passionate commitment to supporting the Foundation’s mission and guiding principles.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, personally and in previous leadership positions.
  • Demonstrated success leading internal change management processes.
  • The ability to understand and articulate the Foundation’s mission and work to many audiences.
  • A commitment to team building and staff professional development.
  • A track record of impactful leadership, creative problem-solving, and organizational capacity building.
  • An inclusive, supportive leadership approach.
  • The ability to create a vision for the future of IT in the Foundation.
  • A deep understanding of how to build a flexible, adaptable, and standardized architecture that will support the Foundation’s current and future needs.
  • Experience defining and supporting an evolving remote work environment.
  • A track record of providing digital workplace tools and solutions to enhance staff productivity and ease of work.
  • Very strong communication skills and a track record of building a culture of transparency and business partnership.
  • A data analytics viewpoint and ability to build an impactful data strategy.
  • A track record of building strong relationships across the organization and with our vendor partners.
  • A commitment to cybersecurity and experience developing and leading a robust cyber program.
  • Ability to create a cloud enabled infrastructure and lead the team in a cloud migration.
  • The ability to inspire and motivate others to perform well; accepts feedback and gives recognition.
  • Negotiates diplomatically but firmly on behalf of RWJF.
  • A background in non-profit, healthcare, academia, or related is a plus.  

This position is located in Princeton, N.J. If hired, you would be required to work from our Princeton office when our facilities re-open.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented applicants.

How to Apply

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Qualified candidates should contact:

Martha Heller, CEO
Heller Search Associates
o: 508-366-7005 x301
m: 508-654-8378


Carol Lynn Thistle, Managing Director
Heller Search Associates
o: 508-366-7005 x302
m: 617-365-0819

Application Deadline: Open

(Post Date: June 7, 2021)

This position is located in Princeton, N.J. If hired, you would be required to work from our Princeton office when our facilities re-open.

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